Pickles NE Announces Grand Opening: Friday, March 12

Pickles NE, LLC, a new indoor, first-of-its-kind, state-of-the-art, climate-controlled pickleball-only complex, announced today that it will be open to the public as of Friday, March 12, at 8 a.m.

Hours of the complex are Sundays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.  In honor of the grand opening, Pickles’ first week of operation will feature a drop-in only schedule, from Friday, March 12, through Thursday, March 18.

As of Friday, March 19, drop-in times will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.  Other times will be reserved for private court rentals and league play.

Pickles offers two levels of membership as well as non-member status.  Memberships offer individuals reduced drop-in and private court rental fees and the ability to enter into league play.  Non-members can also participate in drop-in play and private court rentals.

The 25,000-square-foot premier pickleball facility in New England is located at 357 Columbia Road in Hanover, and features six climate-controlled, indoor tournament-sized courts, two indoor dinking practice courts, a players’ lounge with viewing deck, an indoor refreshment garden, and retail shop.  Four outdoor courts will also be added later in the summer.

Pickles was founded by Lisa DeMeritt and Wanda Melampy – two women with a love for the sport of pickleball and the observation that there is a definite lack of indoor courts exclusively dedicated to the sport of pickleball in New England.

Because the space is dedicated exclusively to pickleball, all of the courts are designed to regulation, with easy-to-see lines, bright colors, and appropriate SportMaster playing surfaces.  DeMeritt and Melampy created Pickles in coordination with the USA Pickleball Association, the national governing body for the sport of pickleball in the U.S. that provides players with official rules, tournaments, rankings and promotional materials.

Pickles offers opportunities for players at all levels, from beginners to professionals, through an inclusive approach that offers various levels of instruction as well as opportunities for ranked players.

“We’ve had a great few weeks getting ready for the opening on Friday, and our team has put in a tremendous amount of hard work,” said DeMeritt.  “We’re so excited to welcome the public and get some matches going!”

“We can’t wait to see you on the court!” added Melampy.

About Pickles NE, LLC

Pickles was founded by Lisa DeMeritt and Wanda Melampy, two women with a passion for the sport of pickleball.  After being introduced to the sport and observing its huge following, they identified a need for additional local outdoor courts and an even bigger demand for indoor courts exclusively for the sport of pickleball.  Pickles will include a recreational facility providing indoor and outdoor pickleball courts, food service from various food trucks, a café area, and a small retail shop carrying the latest pickleball gear.

Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, by Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum as a game the whole family could take part in. Year over year the sport has experienced growth as more people become familiar with pickleball; today, over 5 million people throughout the United States play pickleball, and it has grown 650% over the last five years, making it considered the fastest-growing sport in the world.

Pickles is located at 357 Columbia Road in Hanover, MA.  For more information, please visit www.picklesne.com.